Whether you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 or not, most of the world can agree that it’s best if we all just chill out and limit unnecessary trips outside of our homes. Since there’s only so much family-time we can take at once, here are a few non-English language films and series to watch as we wait for this pandemic to simmer down.
Out In The Dark
This film is a layered and complicated drama that explores the romance between a Palestinian student from the West Bank and an Israeli doctor in Tel Aviv. The two navigate linguistic, cultural, and religious barriers in order to give their love a chance.
Political. Romantic. Messy. Queer. We have no choice but to stan.
Language: Arabic + Hebrew | Country: Palestine + Israel | Genre: Romantic Drama | Where To Watch: Youtube
When I think of murder and sex, I often envision adults… not 17-year-old kids at a prep school in Spain. But hey, anything is possible. With its third season having aired on March 13th, Élite has quickly gained a cult following for its constant plot twists, lovable + equally loathable characters, and steamy sex scenes. Think Skins (2007) but on some twisted, next-level ish.
Language: Spanish | Country: Spain | Genre: Thriller Teen Drama | Where to Watch: Netflix
1981: L’année où je suis devenu un menteur
Looking for a coming-of-age film…in French… about a big fat liar? Well, this is it!
1981 follows 11-year-old Ricardo Trogi (or Crunchy) as he explores his identity, pre-pubescent love life, and compulsive lying habits on the outskirts of Montréal.
Language: French | Country: Canada | Genre: Comedy / Coming of Age | Where To Watch: Prime Video
This television series is about students at a high school in Rome who engage in sex work. Catch up with the first two seasons before the third comes out (hopefully) later this year.
Language: Italian | Country: Italy | Genre: Teen Drama | Where To Watch: Netflix
Sook-hee was groomed as a child to become an elite assassin, now she is ready to get revenge in order to liberate herself from her past demons.
Language: Korean | Country: South Korean | Genre: Action Drama | Where To Watch: Hulu
Most Beautiful Thing
I’ve not yet seen this series, but I hear fantastic things about it. Netflix describes Most Beautiful Thing as: “A 1950s housewife goes to Rio de Janeiro to meet up with her husband, only to learn he’s deserted her, but decides to stay and open a bossa nova club.” This is next on my personal to-watch list!
Language: Portuguese | Country: Brazil | Genre: Period Drama | Where To Watch: Netflix
The Motorcycle Diaries
This film constantly reminds that people have betting Shutting Up and Going for AGES. The Motorcycle Diaries follows the iconic journey of soon-to-be revolutionary Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara through South America. Yes – he rode throughout most of South America on a darn motorcycle.
Language: Spanish | Country: Takes Place In Various Locations | Genre: Period Piece Adventure | Where To Watch: Prime Video